Thursday, April 8, 2010
Rules of Non-Engagement at the Restore the Constitution Rally: Chamber Flags.
Gentlemen and ladies,
The Rules of Non-Engagement for the 19 April event include rifles needing to be slung to the rear and unloaded, among other things. The gist of these rules is an understanding between event organizers and the National Park Police in the permit itself.
An additional wrinkle considered desirable is the use of chamber flags or similar devices to actually show that rifles are unloaded. This is, I think, a very good idea. Now it is true, as some have pointed out, that what these Rules of Non-engagement ("RONE'S") call for in terms of unloaded rifles already goes beyond what the local law says in restricting the carry of loaded rifles, and there is nothing in the permit's writing about it.
Loaded mags will be allowed to be carried in bandoleers or magazine pouches at the participant's front or side. The additional issue of chamber flags is an extra burden that we are willingly taking upon ourselves to demonstrate at a glance our compliance to local law enforcement.
Our pistols, carried in open holsters, will of course be loaded. The addition of the chamber flags is hardly a great impediment to placing the rifle in ready condition.
There are many, both within and without the administration, who would like to see this event descend into a bloody confrontation between us and the police, or between the counter-demonstrators and the police and us.
Any incident will be spun to our detriment, "proving" the "dangers" of open carry. Thus I think it is a reasonable precaution to provide a chamber flag for your long gun.
The event organizers will have a few extras at the site, but I am certain that they will quickly run out. Therefore, let every man and woman who wishes to participate with a long gun bring their own chamber flags, and any extras they may have laying around.